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  1. Mystery revealed. It's called "Rank Transition Function." From experience, new sites and new content get the "Initially Inverse Response Transition" and the dampened response transition seems more common on older content/sites. Note that these functions apply after forcing the page into the index using inspect URL -> Request index in the Google Search Console. https://patents.google.com/patent/US8924380B1/en So, there's no sandbox, there's just that. Length of time is 70 days or more. Note: This is old, but I didn't know about it and I don't think most people do.
  2. People have told me that I'm paranoid for using domain privacy. https://abcnews.go.com/US/social-media-influencer-convicted-violent-plot-hijack-internet/story?id=62515433
  3. I hope this isn't an update from Google... Many of my sites had pages drop out of the index or are being hit by mostly negative fluctuations. The pages that dropped out can be returned by requesting index on the pages but sometimes they drop back out. People are also reporting that previously penalized (algo not manual actions) sites have returned from the dead and are ranking again.
  4. Since I forgot to reply to this thread before. They made the metric worse. Between this and the influx of image scraper site links, I think Moz metrics are borderline useless at this point.
  5. Lately almost all of my sites have been getting links from image scraper sites that link back to the source of the image with a followed link and the anchor text set to a period. I doubt these links have any real benefit to rankings but they are skewing link data tools. The image link spam is being done on a massive scale and seems to be in an effort to promote CPA offers. I didn't poke around the sites too much as these sites are blackhat and could be redirecting to anything including malware, but I got redirected to an adult game CPA offer when I checked one. I think this might be the nail in the coffin for certain SEO metrics.
  6. I got hit. No huge percentages but a bunch of my sites are worse off. I can't really see the pattern right now. Honestly, I think they toned down something and a bunch of sites that were previously effected by something they did are now performing better.
  7. I've never had this happen before. I built out a landing page / funnel around a specific offer. I usually build this out first before I try to apply to the affiliate program so I can show them the landing page. Between that and being incorporated, I've never been declined on an affiliate network or from a company with an affiliate program. Until today. Apparently due to sales tax nexus laws, this company does not work with affiliates from my entire state. Thankfully, a different company with a similar offer will work with me, but I have to redo much of the campaign material. Lesson learned. If you're going to build out a funnel that is specific to an offer/company, make sure you can get approved first and show them something similar to what you plan to do.
  8. I would say picking the right keywords and understanding at what keyword competition level your content can compete at is king. It works consistently across all of my sites. And I really don't recommend using Moz to try to find those keywords out.
  9. Looks like Mike was right. /facepalm I'm pretty sure they're baking rankings into the calculation. I believe I can prove this as I have a domain that Moz reports zero links (there are some Moz just hasn't found them) and it reports DA 2 PA 6 which is an improvement from DA 0 PA 4. With Moz, their target audience is agencies and larger corporations. Depending on what you use the metrics for, this can be useful but that's not really what I personal use SEO data tools for. To give you an idea how accurate this is, my PA 6 page of content is beating a PA 42 and a PA 47 and those pieces of content are on the same topic. For link prospecting, it's useful as the metrics do represent "value" but not exclusively link equity.
  10. Trying to respond in order of your statements. Reminder: my responses are from the perspective of an affiliate marketer. Context is critical when discussing SEO. Yeah definitely. I'm just tired of targeting lower volume keywords. I've done it every way imaginable. I can never personally get the content to go viral where the "quality" might matter enough where I actually do earn tons of links. If I target higher competition keywords it might work, but if I don't have enough links to get the content to page 1, it's a broken loop, it just doesn't work. If you're flying solo or it's a small shop with a handful of employees/freelancers, trying to beat out the competition with better quality content doesn't really work. The strategy that works for the "small guys" is usually to farm easy keywords with "decent content" that's informative and helps people. It doesn't need to be mind blowing and if this is done right, since you get traffic and it's helpful, your site will earn links slowly over time. The alternative is grey hat and if done right, does work. The skyscraper technique where you spend 100 hours creating a piece of content and then spend hundreds more marketing it to bloggers can work, I've just had it fail one too many times. I gave up on infographics as well. It's a lot of time invested and the "zero results" outcome just started happening too frequently for me. The only ways to do it and "guarantee results" are to scale it into oblivion or bribe people. I know I'm jaded from some bad outreach campaigns but considering the number of times people have suggested to me that they're willing to link if I pay, I would suggest that is the correct way to go. As far as the gurus, the more time I spend in this space, the more I bump into somebody from an agency that built links for X Y Z guru. I recommend that you completely ignore gurus like Neil Patel and Brain Dean. At least Nathan Gotch is honest and tells people that he buys links. They're not going to run a test like that because then it makes them look foolish and I'm sure they know that with their absurd backlink profiles, they can pick easy keywords and rank gibberish. If the keyword is easy enough you can rank junk content. This isn't very scale-able as panda will hit you eventually. It's looking for a combination of low quality score (ratio of branded searches to unbranded, note: this doesn't matter for low volume sites) and there's likely some kind of objective analysis, things like spelling errors or percentage of content that is unique. If the links are super sketchy as well then it's easier to get penalized. I've never done that exact test but my bet is that it's going to come down to links and whatever click data Google analyzes. Google has no way to evaluate "quality" as it's subjective. I assure you that Google's analysis is "objective." I've done the opposite test plenty of times where I put up an extremely good piece of content on a competitive keyword and since I don't have enough links, I don't rank at all... It's much easier to test that conversely.
  11. If you target keywords that are easy enough with a decent piece of content, if the rest of the competition for that topic is terrible, once Google gets some decent click data, your content will rank higher and higher over time. Links are not required. I can prove this; I was doing a case study on ranking with out links and it got screwed up because the site got links (the most jacked up problem I've ever had...) Suggesting that it's one thing or another is a "guru tactic." Pick topics that don't have too much competition, create a piece of content that fulfills the searcher's intent, and put the content on a site that has links. This all works together, it doesn't really work any other way. At this very moment in time I'm working exclusively with paid traffic. I temporarily gave up on SEO around November for the most part. I do affiliate marketing so I have the mobility to market whatever I want. Lately the plan has been, find an affiliate who's spending a ton of money on PPC, pay somebody to create a similar landing page (modifying stuff I already have), set the campaign up, if it looks decent, start split testing, if it's horrible, trash can the campaign. If I want 100k clicks today, it wouldn't be financially wise, but I can press a button and get it. I'm really sick of waiting 2-6+ months to see if something works. Over time I'm moving more and more away from SEO. A few years ago my attitude was "well if the traffic is cheap enough, I'll take it." I tried explaining this on reddit and I ended up leaving all the marketing/seo subreddits I subscribe to. To be fair, that's always what has worked in that space, but people always seem to think that things should work a certain way, and from experience, things work any way they work. It does feel like regression though, this is what I was doing back in the Google Adwords heyday when most of the affiliates got slapped. So yeah there's your "SEO guru story." I quit SEO and I'm making more money and honestly I'm having more fun too. Way less time analyzing data in tools, I can get results in 24 hours, no mining 1,000s of emails and begging for links. I haven't needed to do this, but if I screw up bad, I could always build a bunch comment/quora links into a landing page to make back any lost ad spend on a failed campaign. Also, since Google ads merged Double click, Google Ads is also a DSP, so there's ~10 billion impressions a day available through Google Ads between the two networks. So between ads in Google searches, youtube ads, gmail ads, GDN, and DSP, one could probably buy half a billion clicks a day. When at the end of the day, all that matters is a number, just remember that nobody is arguing about what works in r/ppc.
  12. So I wrote a viral social sharing script, what this does is it replaces the large share buttons on the page based upon the referring URL. So an example: If somebody tweets about it, any visitors that see the page will see a large "Tweet about this" button. Good news: It seems to work. Bad news: It was all Japanese traffic. 🤔 Mixed news: this occurred on a site I gave up on and I'm kind of motivated to work on it again. This is mixed because that means I'm not working on something else where I know it's profitable. I know as fact this is what occurred because the script will pre-populate the tweet with my twitter handle and if they mention me, I can see their tweet via the twitter notification.
  13. They messed up the DA metrics after that link database update. Moz metrics have been pretty wonky ever since and I honestly do think that this will be an improvement.
  14. https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/post/january-2019/microsoft-and-verizon-media-strengthen-search-partnership That's going to be a lot of extra volume... Very interesting...
  15. There's a tool called nimbus capture that will take a complete screenshot of a website. Then just reproduce the site from the image as close as you desire. Remember: reproducing something isn't copyright infringement, but stealing the actual code is, as far as I know.
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